Free SharePoint 2010 Foundation add-ons everyone should have

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We have several customers who use SharePoint 2010 Foundation and are constantly trying to get the most out of the product, envious of what SharePoint standard and enterprise can do, frustrated by Foundations limitations but liking its price tag.

I’ve compiled a list of useful add-on’s here but I’ll come back and keep adding to it as we find more that are note worthy.

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Hide SharePoint calculated columns from display form with PowerShell

HidingWhile creating a column which hyperlinked through to another list I’d created a few calculated columns which were showing up in the display form of items.

You can’t hide calculated columns in the same way as with regular columns, some of these pains are mentioned in the reference sites.

Below is the PowerShell I used in the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell to hide them.

I’ve commented out two options since they are quite useful to retain in most circumstances.

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Office 365 SharePoint Online feature matrix spreadsheet

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I’ve not seen one of these kicking around anywhere so I’ve created one based on the information from the Microsoft web site.

You can download the spreadsheet and filter it based on your requirements and see which SharePoint online plan meets your needs. All the feature names retain their original link back to the Microsoft page for further research into what the feature is and what it does.

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Mount-SPContentDatabase and Test-SPContentDatabase fail with either Invalid object name ‘Sites’ or ‘Webs’

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While trying to restore some SharePoint 2010 “content” databases I kept on getting errors about invalid objects… Found some links talking about incorrect SharePoint versions but as it turned out that all it was because the databases were service application database backups with slightly ambiguous names, not content databases.

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Create Search Server Express 2010 slipstream installation media

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While reinstalling Search Server Express 2010 for a customer I found there wasn’t a hughe amount of help out there for how to slipstream Search Server Express 2010. The process isn’t really different to SharePoint Server 2010 Standard or Enterprise but does vary a little to Foundation.

Here is a little guidance on how to create slipstreamed installation media for Search Server Express 2010.

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